3 best Bluetooth headphones for the Peloton bike, that’s what we are presenting you today.
The new Peloton bike has a lot to offer: ultra-quiet wheels, a large HD touch screen and unparalleled comfort.
The Peloton bike is also equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, which allows you to connect Bluetooth headsets. It’s better to use wireless headsets, because using wired headsets can be inconvenient or even dangerous…
Here is a selection of Bluetooth headsets that are particularly well suited for use with your brand new Peloton bike!
Jaybird RUN True Wireless Headphones for Peloton Bike
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In the small world of fully wireless headphones, only the Apple model really stands out from the rest in terms of design. With their elongated construction, however, they are not universally accepted by users, and the majority of manufacturers are moving towards a more classic design.
At first glance, the Jaybird Run looks quite similar to the Samsung IconX or the Jabra Elite Sport. Slightly larger than traditional in-ear models, the Jaybird Run remains compact and above all very light with only 6.8g per earpiece.
As far as colours are concerned, no extravagance from Jaybird. The earphones are available in black or white tones, with a little silver touch around the outer shell.
Visually, it’s pretty good, and while the earcups will obviously not be as discreet as those of the Jaybird Freedom, the whole thing is neat and easy to wear.
Each earpiece has a single button. By default, you’ll be able to activate your voice assistant by pressing the left earpiece, and manage play/pause and phone calls from the right earpiece. A double press on the same button can also send to the next track, but it is currently impossible to go back to the previous track.
By default, it is also impossible to adjust the volume of the Jaybird Run Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike. To do so, you’ll have to opt for alternative commands via the mobile application presented a little below. It then becomes possible to raise or lower the volume via the two buttons, but you lose the management of play/pause and the activation of Siri. Not really ideal!
As the Jaybird Run is designed for sportsmen and women, special attention has been paid to the fit of the earphones. The manufacturer thus offers no less than 4 pairs of ear tips, accompanied by 4 pairs of wings. Enough to allow everyone to find what they want!
On the tip side, there are two different sizes (more or less fitting into the channels), with Small and Medium sizes each. The four wings make it possible to perfectly secure the set once in the ears, and there is clearly nothing wrong with this side. Even during the most extreme activities, the Jaybird Run stays perfectly in place, and it is not necessary to insert them every 5 minutes like some competing models.
Which brings us to comfort, of course. If the earphones fit snugly in place, you still need to be able to keep them in your ears without pain. The Jaybird Run also does very well on that side, and it’s possible to run for a good hour without feeling any discomfort. In this respect, we prefer them over the brand’s previous models, the Jaybird X3.
Last point concerning the design of the headphones themselves, their solidity. After two weeks of use, the Run are robust and clearly make a good impression. Despite a few drops, the earcups don’t seem to show the slightest trace of impact and the whole should at first glance resist well over time.
To protect them during your travels, it is nevertheless recommended to use the case provided for this purpose. As is often the case with fully wireless Bluetooth headsets, its use is twofold since it will allow you to recharge the Jaybird Run’s battery twice.
Now it’s time for sound performance. On this side, if we obviously should not expect miracles, the Jaybird Run are doing very well. Being able to adjust the sound output via the application should provide everyone with a convincing experience, both in everyday life and during sporting activities.
Listening to the application, the sound is pleasant, with punchy but relatively well-controlled bass (at least without boosting it via EQ), while the many details bring a nice clarity to the whole. Bluetooth headphones are obviously not intended for audiophiles, but to fully enjoy its playlists during sports, the Jaybird Run does the job.
The headphones are also not lacking in power, and one can enjoy a decent listening volume, without even exceeding 50% on an iPhone SE for example.
Let’s end with a slightly more negative note, underlining the presence of a slight breath appearing in the background as soon as a music is launched (absent during music pauses, but present during playback even at minimum volume).
On the side of isolation, the last intras of Jaybird allow you to cut yourself off from the outside world and to train in your little bubble. A good point if you’re used to practicing in noisy environments (sports hall in particular), which can nevertheless turn into a downside if you’re looking for a pair of headphones suitable for running in the city (harder to hear cars). In this case, Plantronics BackBeat Fit, with their more open design, are recommended.
Wirefree earphones are not known to be monsters when it comes to battery life, and that’s understandable given their size! On this side, the Jaybird Run Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike are doing pretty well though, since you can enjoy your music for up to 4 hours on a single charge.
By placing them in their case, it is then possible to triple this autonomy by fully recharging the headphones twice. A total of 12 hours, which will obviously vary depending on the volume.
You will also appreciate the speed of this charge, since it is possible to enjoy one hour of listening after only 5 minutes in the case. Clearly very practical when you forgot to charge your headphones before going for a run!
Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500 On-Ear Wireless Headphones
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It’s hard to find a good Bluetooth headset under €100, but the arrival of the all-new Plantronics BackBeat 500 may well change all that. The brand is back in the spotlight with a new mobile and wireless headset especially designed for the most limited budgets.
Unlike its big brother, the BackBeat 500 does not have active noise reduction or advanced features, but is simple, functional and efficient.
Nevertheless, the headset has many good points on paper, with an 18-hour battery life, controls directly accessible from its earcups and a multipoint connection.
More compact than its predecessor, this is an on-ear headset, which will be positioned directly on the ears, without necessarily covering them.
With a price of 99 dollars, can the new Plantronics headphones compete with models such as the SoundLink On-Ear or the Beats Solo3 Wireless, which cost around 179 and 299 dollars respectively?
Also, how does it perform against the Jabra Move, our current selection below €100? Answer in the rest of the article after a fortnight at its side.
The BackBeat 500 Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike come in a particularly thin cardboard box, which suggests a headphone that is both compact and lightweight.
The front face shows us a large picture of it, while the remaining fronts reveal a little more about its specificities. We discover in particular the confirmation of its featherweight, with only 155 g on the scale.
Inside the box, Plantronics did not go there by four ways. No molded packaging or protective foam, since the headphone is directly presented in its fabric carrying pouch.
You will also find the different leaflets accompanying the product, as well as the rest of the accessories: a USB cable to recharge the battery, and a 3.5 mm cable for wired and passive listening.
The new Plantronics headphones are a radical departure from previous models in the BackBeat range, generally offering looks that could be considered quite “mature”.
With the BackBeat 500, the brand is clearly targeting a younger audience, drawing inspiration from some gaming-oriented headphones. One thinks in particular of the Plantronics RIG to stay on the side of the Californian brand, but also the recent Arctis models from SteelSeries for example.
Not offering an external microphone, the BackBeat 500 Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike is however not necessarily designed for gamers, but for the most nomadic among us.
With a particularly compact and lightweight design, these on-ear headphones are clearly a model in terms of space and fit easily into a bag or even a large jacket pocket.
At 155 grams, the headphones are also one of the lightest in their class (215 grams for Solo3 Wireless, 150 grams for Jabra Move, 168 grams for Bose SoundLink).
The presence of many plastics is obviously not insignificant, but the whole thing does not look cheap for a penny.
The finishes are also very clean, without the slightest visible trace of assembly. Clearly good work!
On the style side, note that the headphone is currently available in three different colors. A white version that we are testing today, a black and grey version more sober, and finally a grey and green version a little more exotic. Everyone should be able to find what he or she is looking for.
A little more in the details, we start with the headband of the Plantronics BackBeat 500, which is built from a metal rod with orange accents, perfectly structuring the headphone’s seat once on the head.
Both flexible and sturdy, this headband seems to be able to withstand many twists and extensions, while offering several adjustment notches.
As on the previous models of the range, the Plantronics BackBeat 500 Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike has controls directly integrated on its headsets to compensate for the absence of a remote control when used in Bluetooth mode.
On the right-hand side first of all, there is a first button that turns the headset on and off, but also activates the pairing mode in order to connect a new compatible device.
Further down, a second button allows you to pick up/hang up a phone call, check the battery life or activate the various voice assistants present on the latest generation smartphones.
The headset’s connectivity and additional controls are positioned on the left earpiece of the headset.
First of all, on the edge, there is a two-way button to manage the sound volume. Further down, a micro-USB port will be used to recharge the Bluetooth headset’s internal battery, while an audio port will allow you to continue enjoying the BackBeat 500 even when its battery is dead.
As explained above, a cable is included in the packaging.
Music management is done directly from the outside of the headset. With a simple press, you can switch from one track to another and also activate the play/pause of your media.
Unlike some more expensive models, there are no touch controls here, but the whole system remains perfectly intuitive and reactive.
One small drawback, however, is the material used to build this control area, which has a gummed texture that attracts dust far too quickly (all the more visible on this white model).
The Plantronics BackBeat 500 is a Bluetooth headset, so it can connect to your smartphone, tablet or laptop wirelessly.
The first time you turn on the headset, it automatically goes into pairing mode and you simply find it in the list of available devices nearby from the display of your device.
The connection is established in a few seconds, and voice announcements confirm that the operation has been successful.
The Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike are also capable of connecting to several devices at the same time, for example to your computer and smartphone. It is then possible to take advantage of the wireless headset to watch a movie from your laptop while still being able to pick up a phone call at any time.
Regarding the range of Bluetooth, count about 10 meters as on most current models.
While waiting for the arrival of Bluetooth 5.0, you’ll have to make do with it! Also note that the headset does not have an NFC chip allowing you to connect it simply by bringing it close to a compatible device.
That’s about it in terms of functionality, with the controls on the earphones already listed above.
It is also possible to download a Plantronics mobile application, but this doesn’t add much to today’s model.
Mainly tested with streaming music, via Spotify and Tidal, the little BackBeat 500 doesn’t have the most homogenous sound quality on the market. The whole thing leans towards the lower end of the spectrum, giving a subtle but very present boost to the bass.
The whole thing is still quite well controlled, however, and while the mids are slightly affected, the sound is still pleasant.
The headphones also have a nice power, and keep the advantage of being able to stay well in the tracks even if the volume is increased considerably.
As far as insulation is concerned, you can’t expect miracles with On-Ear headphones, but the BackBeat 500 Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike are still able to passively cut some of the surrounding noise.
Compared to the competition, it’s one notch below the recent Beats Solo3 Wireless, which offers a richer and better defined sound overall.
Nevertheless, the price difference between the two models will remain difficult to justify for many users.
The last point concerning sound performance is the integrated microphone. Positioned on the side of the right earpiece, it offers a clear and intelligible pick-up when the environment is relatively quiet. In slightly noisier places, especially in the city, there’s no need to expect miracles.
Autonomy is one of the strong points of this new model from Plantronics, since it is possible to enjoy your music for almost 18 hours! A value that can obviously vary according to the volume of listening.
If you’re looking for a model with an even more impressive autonomy, don’t hesitate to look at the Noontec Zoro II, capable of more than 30 hours in Bluetooth use!
Powerbeats Pro High-Performance Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton Bike
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The Powerbeats Pro are Beats’ first 100% wireless intras. Available since May 2019, they are clearly positioned at the top of the range with an introductory price of 249.95 dollars.
They can be considered as a sporty version of the 2nd generation AirPods, as they also benefit from Apple’s H1 chip and its related features (notably the Siri voice assistant and automatic pairing).
In addition to a sporty design, this model promises a very impressive 9-hour battery life on charge, excellent voice capture quality and great sound performance.
The Powerbeats Pro looks a lot like the manufacturer’s Powerbeats³, minus the cables.
There are a few differences when you take a closer look.
The shell that supports the earpiece has smoother, rounder lines.
The manufacturing is neat, although you can see some small assembly marks here and there.
Fortunately, this does not affect the robustness of the whole.
Beats promises resistance to water and perspiration without giving more details about a possible IP certification or guarantee.
The intras did not fail during our trial period (sports sessions, nomadic listening in the street and transport …).
We did not notice any design defect. The transport box benefits from the same quality of design.
The only reproach we can make concerns its size. There are indeed more compact models on the market. This also applies to the intras.
On the comfort side, the Powerbeats Pro Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike offer a very good experience. The inlets fit very naturally and comfortably in the duct, without causing an exaggerated pressure effect, regardless of the type of tip used (monoflange or biflange).
The earphones are relatively light and the weight is well balanced. The hooks always find their place, even when wearing glasses.
Sometimes it takes one or two tries to place them behind the earcups, but you will quickly get the hang of it (like many earphones of this type, you have to present the earphone upside down and “screw it in” once the in-ear part is placed at the entrance of the ear canal).
The stability of the earphones is assured in all circumstances.
However, the low pressure sensation has a counterpart: the Powerbeats Pro provide little insulation from surrounding noise. This can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on your usage habits and what you are looking for.
In any case, with a comfortable but reasonable listening level, you will always be able to hear engine noise on the street, on public transport and hear bits of conversation around you.
The greatest source of satisfaction comes from autonomy. The Powerbeats Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike deliver on their promise of 9 hours of battery life on a single charge, and we’ve even been able to exceed it many times with just over 10 hours and 30 minutes of music playback.
The box offers 2 full recharges, for a total of more than 30 hours of use once fully charged. They thus set a new record ahead of the Galaxy Buds (7 hours per charge).
Beats has made a lot of effort in terms of sound balance in recent years, even if there is still a long way to go.
After the BeatsX, the Powerbeats Pro are another example of this commitment. They opt for a flattering signature that nevertheless remains well mastered.
The bass is generously put forward, increasing the feeling of pressure, depth and foundation coming from this area. The result is a good immersion without going overboard.
Compared to what equivalent intras can offer, we have here rather punchy and well defined basses, although they sometimes take up a little more space than necessary.
This is most certainly due to the time required by the membranes to replace themselves correctly after each attack. Some slight masking effects may appear depending on the situation (already generous in the bass, fast and close attacks on large percussions), but this is still largely acceptable. Powerbeats Pro are well-balanced in the low-mids.
The most favoured zone for Powerbeats Pro is the mid/high-midrange range, between 2 kHz and 4 kHz.
The result is a sharp, snappy sound reproduction and a nice sense of presence. Accuracy is very good in this range.
In this context, the voices are always perfectly intelligible because they are always forward, just like some other elements such as snare drum, guitar, violin/cello or saxophone.
Although the result is flattering and pleasant at first glance, a little more restraint, softness, would not have done any harm for long listening sessions or at sustained volume.
Human hearing being the most sensitive between 2 kHz and 4 kHz, it is better to limit oneself to a reasonable listening volume, otherwise hearing fatigue will accelerate, especially with songs that are already generous in the high-mids.
The possibility of correcting the frequency response of the ITEs to some extent would have been appreciated, but nothing is made available by the manufacturer (no application or advanced settings).
Treble reproduction is correct, the Powerbeats Bluetooth Headphones for the Peloton bike offer a good extension in the higher frequencies. A balanced and more defined treble reproduction would not have been too much to obtain a finer result (especially for the perception of subtle effects and elements in the planes furthest from the sound scene).
Having said that, we benefit from a nice stereophonic width.
Last update on 2020-12-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API